STEM is the so-called “buzzword of the decade” that stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
And with good reason–For decades, America has been behind in effectively emphasizing and teaching these skills to our young students.
The result has been a deficit of engineers and other STEM-related workers to fill a job market that’s increasingly focused on coding, mathematics, software development, and more.
All of that being the case, educators are looking to prepare students K-12 with the tools and skills they need to thrive in a STEM-dominated marketplace.
Here are three places to start:
Robotics is a fun and effective way to get kids excited and involved with nearly all aspects of STEM.
Here are a few ideas for robotics in the classroom:
– Try CodeREV, which teaches kids the fundamentals of robotics with activities like “Lego Mindstorm”–where students get to assemble robots and bring them to life.
– Use a breadboard and/or circuits to get students started on the basics of electrical engineering.
– Create problem-solving challenges that utilize multiple bot components ultrasonic sensors, line-tracking sensors, claws, and more.
Students as young as 7 years old are capable of learning the basics of coding–a critical new form of literacy in an increasingly digitalized world.
Here are a few ideas for teaching kids to code:
– Using DataBot, students can code a light and sound show that actually responds to the environment.
– “Code Monkey” helps students to understand the concepts of coding–giving them a richer depth of understanding of this skill.
Lastly, make STEM cross-disciplinarian by combining it with other subjects, like English and Social Studies. Students who don’t usually gravitate towards mathematics or science will love engineering designs that involve specific periods in history or characters from their favorite books.
What ideas or strategies have you found to be successful in teaching STEM skills? Comment below!
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